Kulsoom Nawaz laid to rest in Jati Umra

People attend funeral of Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of Pakistani jailed former minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP)
Updated 14 September 2018

Kulsoom Nawaz laid to rest in Jati Umra

  • Thousands of people – including prominent politicians, political workers, and ordinary citizens – attended the funeral
  • Nawaz Sharif was released on parole from the Rawalpindi Central Jail, along with his daughter and son-in-law, to attend his wife’s last rites

ISLAMABAD: Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral was held on Friday at the Sharif Medical City in Lahore and she was laid to rest in Jati Umra near the grave of Mian Sharif, her father-in-law.
Thousands of people, including prominent politicians, political workers, and ordinary citizens, attended the prayer congregation led by Maulana Tariq Jamil, a known preacher and religious scholar.
Former prime minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif, and his brother, Shehbaz, stood side by side as they prayed for the departed soul. Also present at the occasion were the country’s former president, Mamnoon Hussain, and prominent figures belonging to various political factions.
Nawaz Sharif was released on parole from the Rawalpindi Central Jail, along with his daughter and son-in-law, to attend his wife’s funeral. He had married Kulsoom in April 1971 and enjoyed decades-long companionship with her.
Sharif was with his ailing wife in London when an anti-graft tribunal announced a verdict against him, his daughter, and son-in-law.
In the following days, the former premier flew back to Pakistan, leaving his unconscious wife behind, to challenge his sentence and galvanize his party workers ahead of the general elections in July.

Pakistan celebrates Republic Day with grand military parade

Updated 23 March 2019

Pakistan celebrates Republic Day with grand military parade

  • Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamed attended as guest of honor
  • Contingents from Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China and Turkey participated in the Parade

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan marks its national Republic Day, also popularly known as Pakistan Day, today with prayers, celebrations and a grand military parade which has been a hallmark of the jubilations for decades.  

The day dawned with a 31-gun salute in the Federal Capital and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals. 

Special prayers were offered in mosques after Fajr prayers for the progress and prosperity of the country. National flag will be hoisted on all major government buildings, reported the Associated Press of Pakistan. 

Messages of felicitation were extended by Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr. Arif Alvi to the nation. On the occasion, PM Khan stressed the "need to achieve the goal of true Islamic welfare state as envisaged by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah," according to Radio Pakistan.

The premier also said the government is determined to establish a society where every person can contribute toward socioeconomic development to the best of his ability. He also expressed solidarity with the people of Indian-administered Kashmir on the occasion. 

President Alvi said that Pakistan has overcome the challenges of extremism and terrorism but acknowledged the country was yet to make efforts for excelling on social and economic fronts.

The Pakistan Day military parade is being held at Parade Ground near the Shakarparian hills in Islamabad to mark the day. 

Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohammad attended the parade as guest of honor. President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, ministers, members of the Parliament, the three services chiefs and diplomats also witnessed the parade.  

Defense Minister Azerbaijan, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Bahrain and government officials from Oman were also in the attendance.   

Contingents of the three armed forces and the security forces conducted march past. Various aircrafts belonging to Army Aviation and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) demonstrated aerobatic feats for the audience. Combat and attack helicopters as well as skydivers of airborne units from the three armed forces also showcased their skills.

Various contingents from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Turkey participated in the parade.  

The parade traditionally showcases cultures of all the four provinces as well. Cultural delegates and floats from Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir feature during the ceremony.

An investiture ceremony will also be held at Aiwan-e-Sadr in the evening where the President of Pakistan will confer civil awards on individuals demonstrating feats in different fields of science and arts.

One hundred and seventy-one personalities, including some foreigners, have been selected for this year’s awards.

Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution on March 23, 1940, when the All-India Muslim League demanded a separate nation for the Muslims of the British Indian Empire.